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Durham parents left with questions after 19-year-old son killed

A Durham couple said Monday that they can't understand why their 19-year-old son was killed over the weekend.

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Sarah Krueger
, WRAL Durham reporter
DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham couple said Monday that they can't understand why their 19-year-old son was killed over the weekend.

Timothy Frink Jr. was found dead in the 4100 block of University Drive, near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Police haven't released the cause of death.

The 2019 Jordan High School graduate was killed near the bus stop he often used to commute between his home and his job at a McDonald's on Tower Boulevard, his mother said.

"I’m just trying to understand why, just why it happened. Why would you mess with him, of all people? He never bothered anyone," Mary Frink said. "My son was a good kid. He was a respectful person. He was good. There was nothing bad about him."

"Everybody loved him. He never had any beef with nobody. Timothy was a good kid," Timothy Frink Sr. said. "I don’t understand why someone would take my son from me."

Although homicides in Durham are down from 2019 levels, violent crime in the city is up roughly 23 percent from the same time last year, with the number of aggravated assaults up about 40 percent.

Timothy Frink Sr. said the violence needs to stop.

"I think it need to be handled better than what it is," he said. "I’m just tired of it. I really am. With everything going on, I’m tired."

In a recent interview on the city’s YouTube channel, Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis blamed street gangs for some of the rising crime rate.

"This is an environment that has allowed for various gangs in the city to sort of wreak havoc," Davis said of the pandemic.

"We knew that there were some active members that were self-proclaimed members of various gangs that were actually shooting at each other back and forth, and traditionally and historically, gangs would have more of a geographical turf or area," she said. "This activity creates an unsafe environment for other individuals that are just moving about their normal daily life – just sitting in a car at a traffic light or on their front porch. We’ve had some very catastrophic incidents because of random gunfire."

The Frinks said they hope police can deliver a quick arrest in their son's death.

"I just want justice for my son," Mary Frink said, choking back tears. "I have to bury my son, and I don’t know, I just – I’m just going to miss him. That was my only son."

Timothy Frink Sr. also choked up talking about his son: "Timothy was, he was my heart, and somebody took my heart from me."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Durham police at 919-560-4440, extension 29321, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

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